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CfA: Hearing Children’s Voices in the Household Context

Papers are being sought to round out the panel being proposed for the ACYIG 2017 Conference, titled “Hearing Children’s Voices in the Household Context.” Please email your 500-word abstract by Monday, November 28th, if you are interested in being included on the panel.

Panel Title: Hearing Children’s Voices in the Household Context
Co-Organizers: Aviva Sinervo and Christine El Ouardani

While there has been a move in the anthropology of childhood away from prioritizing the study of the household as the central institution involved in the socialization and wellbeing of the child, households continue to be key sites within which children learn about social norms, roles, and power dynamics that reflect the larger social organization of the communities within which they are embedded. At the same time, children’s narrations of—and contributions to—household dynamics and processes have often been left out of work on kinship and the economy of households that explores the structure and interaction of the family” across cultural contexts. In this panel, we aim to theorize the household as a nuanced space of interaction where children’s voices can help us to illuminate some of the domestic practices and perspectives that become obscured in simply relying upon adult accounts and/or the ethnographer’s own observations of family life. In doing so, we aim to pay close attention to the mechanisms that generate a household’s coherence or destabilization, and the ways in which other institutional contexts may compete with or replace the household as an important sphere within a child’s life.

Some of the questions this panel might explore include: Who composes the unit of the household and how is this unit constructed? What might distinguish the “household” from the “family”? How do households affect children’s identities? How do children’s self-positionings affect the dynamics within their households? What methodological approaches allow us to capture the complex negotiations that occur at the household level? In what ways does a focus on “voice” provide a helpful lens for interrogating the roles of children within households vis-à-vis a range of other actors? How do children’s perceptions of their households differ from public perceptions of those same households? How are children’s perspectives on households shaped by larger political, economic, emotional, and discursive factors? What can children’s voices add to our understanding of the household as a mundane but complicated sphere of social reproduction for all its members?

Papers are invited that take up these questions and ethnographically investigate how children make sense of their belonging to and participation in households. Please send a 500 word abstract by November 28th to Aviva Sinervo (asinervo [at] sfsu.edu) and Christine El Ouardani (Christine.elouardani [at] csulb.edu).

CfP: ACYIG 2017 Conference, “Children and Youth as Emotional Suspects”

ACYIG: 2017 Conference Panel
“Children and Youth as Emotional Suspects”

While there is always present in different historical periods forms of emotional regime (Reddy 2001), emotion is now being instrumentalized , managed, and incited in new ways within liberal democratic states. Contemporary developments in neuroscience, biology, and computer science have articulated with regimes of accumulation increasingly focused on capitalizing the social (Davies 2015), on connection, on emotion, and on the body (Rose 2007, Grosz 1995, Kraftl 2015). Continue reading CfP: ACYIG 2017 Conference, “Children and Youth as Emotional Suspects”

CfP – Evil Children: Children and Evil, Portugal 2017

We invite people from all disciplines, professions and vocations to come together in dialogue, to provide a space and a level of legitimacy for a subject, or subjects that is traditionally seen as unimaginable, a socially taboo and even associated with pathology, by providing a forum for ideas and arguments that might otherwise not receive adequate attention and discussion. The ultimate goal is in a sense to expose the current topic to the light of day for examination of the intellectual, the emotional and the personal. Continue reading CfP – Evil Children: Children and Evil, Portugal 2017

CFP – Growing up outside families: independent children’s process of identity

Antropologia Special Issue Call for Articles

Growing up outside families: cultures, religions and politics in independent children’s process of identity

Due Date:
Paper submission (5,000-6,000 excluding footnotes) due January 30, 2017

Publication Date:
October 2017  Continue reading CFP – Growing up outside families: independent children’s process of identity

CFP-The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies

The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies is dedicated to increasing our understanding of children and childhoods throughout the world, reflecting a perspective that highlights cultural dimensions of the human experience. The books in this series are intended for students, scholars, practitioners, and those who formulate policies that affect children’s everyday lives and futures.

We are pleased to announce a call for book proposals for The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies. Having long been under the careful stewardship of Founding Editor Myra Bluebond-Langner, the series will now be edited by Jill E. Korbin and EJ Sobo.

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